Looking for some events to help you get in the holiday spirit this year? Although Southern California may be short on snow, there are plenty of upcoming events that uplift that holiday spirit. Here is a look at just a few of the celebrations and events taking place this holiday season in and around Los Angeles.

Skating in Pershing Square

The holiday season officially kicks off at historic Pershing Square on November 12th. On this day, 60 minute ice skating sessions will become available at the Holiday Ice Rink in downtown Los Angeles. General admission is $9 while skate rental is $4.

The Nutcracker

The Moscow Ballet will perform The Great Russian Nutcracker at The Wiltern Theatre on December 20th and 21st. Sunday performances will take place at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm while Monday’s performance will take place at 7:00 pm. The internationally touring ballet group features nearly 40 dancers and performs to critical acclaim in more than 75 North American cities each year.

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Christmas Tree Lane

Located on Santa Rosa Avenue, Christmas Tree Lane is a 0.7 mile stretch of road in Altadena lined with deodar cedar trees. The trees have been lighted every year during the holiday season since 1920. The route was also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic places and was designated as a California Historical Landmark in 1990. The 95th Annual Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony and Winter Arts & Crafts Festival will take place on December 12th, with festival activities beginning at 2:00 pm and the lighting ceremony taking place at 6:00 pm.

LA Zoo Lights

During the LA Zoo Lights event, you can take a walk through an expanded area of the zoo that has been transferred into a holiday wonderland. You will encounter glowing light animals and dramatic displays that combine light, music and water. Real reindeer, Santa and holiday treats will also be available for your enjoyment. The LA Zoo Lights take place from November 27th through January 3rd.

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Beverly Hills Lights

While many communities throughout Los Angeles decorate their streets for the holidays, Beverly Hills does it with more grandeur than most other communities. Take a drive or stroll down Rodeo Drive to take in the lights swirling around the palm trees and enjoy the red ribbons wrapped around the trees. Poinsettias are also planted in the center divider each year, while lavish holiday displays decorate shop windows. The Regent Beverly Wilshire with its outdoor holiday lights and interior decorations is another must-see.

Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Luncheon at Lawry’s

At the Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Luncheon at Lawry’s, you get to dine at the legendary Lawry’s Prime Rib in Beverly Hills as you are entertained by carolers dressed as costumed characters from Charles Dickens’ imagination. Enjoy a luncheon theatre production and opportunities to interact with character as you settle in for a meal consisting of prime rib, chicken piccata or fresh grilled salmon.

Winterlit in Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s Winterlit celebration started on November 1st and will continue through January 18. A variety of holiday events and activities will take place through the season, including the tree lighting and Santa parade on December 3rd, a Menorah lighting from December 6th through the 13th and a Holiday Movie Night on December 18th.

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